Artist Moved to Tears By Shen Yun in Houston

Epoch Times Staff
Created: January 1, 2013 Last Updated: January 2, 2013
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Amber Ray was amazed by the beauty of Shen Yun Performing Arts. (Courtesy of NTD Television)

Amber Ray was amazed by the beauty of Shen Yun Performing Arts. (Courtesy of NTD Television)

HOUSTON—From the moment the curtain opened, freelance artist Amber Ray was amazed by the beauty of Shen Yun Performing Arts.

“When they first started, I had tears coming down. It was so beautiful. It was moving. It was magnificent,” she said.

Ms. Ray said she was grateful her mother had taken her to see the final Houston performance at Jones Hall on January 1.

Shen Yun is a New York-based performing arts company with a mission to revive 5,000 years of divinely-inspired Chinese culture, according to its statement.

Ms. Ray said the many different stories presented throughout the performance allowed the audience to understand the character of Shen Yun, the artists’ basis for performing, and what they were trying to express.

“Being an artist, I know the expression of self, expression of belief, and stories, and life. It’s a wonderful thing to be able to express yourself. Just brought me to tears because it was so beautiful they were expressing these stories and life,” she said.

Chinese “mythology continued to grow throughout the generations, creating incredibly rich folklore. Stories and legends are commonly scattered amongst many different sources that, when put together, reveal a tapestry extensive and brimming with details,” according to the company’s website.

“I’m grateful to be able to see all this emotion and all this expression put into something so beautiful and moving that it brings me to tears,” Ms. Ray said.

“I know my mother loved it and I’m just very grateful that she brought me to see this and share this with me,” she said.

Reporting by NTD Television and Sarah Matheson.

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun’s International Company will be performing in Dallas Jan. 2-3. For more information, visit

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